Symbolic figure of Turkey’s 1980 coup dies at 97

Mastermind of Turkey’s bloodiest military coup in its history dies at age 97

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Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The mastermind and the leading figure of Turkey’s military coup in its history, Kenan Evren, died at the age of 97 at a hospital in the capital city of Ankara.

Kenan Evren had been under treatment at the Gulhane Military Medical Academy since 2012 in a serious condition in recent days, and pronounced dead late on Monday.

Evren, a retired army general, was in power between 1980 and 1989 after he took control of Turkey with a military coup.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment by an Ankara high criminal court on June 18, 2014, for his roles in the 1980 coup.

Evren and another ex-general Tahsin Sahinkaya were sent for trial in April 2012 by prosecutor claiming that the two had attempted to eliminate the Turkish constitution and override the parliament.

Their ranks were also demoted down to private.

Evren and Tahsin had not attended the trials against them, but appeared via video link from hospitals due to their health conditions.

The 1980 coup, led by Kenan Evren, is known as the bloodiest military intervention in Turkey in which hundreds of people were killed after years of political unrest.

According to Turkey’s official data, more than 650,000 people had been arrested during the 1980 military coup, 230,000 of whom were put on trial, due to their political perspectives.

Fifty people were executed by the military government, but a further 299 people died after their custody because of torture and unhealthy prison conditions.

The article No: 15 in Turkey’s constitution, which was used to give immunity to military, was lifted through a referendum on Sept. 12, 2010 by the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party).

TRTWorld and agencies